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August 14, 1954


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Washington, D. C.

JAMA. 1954;155(16):1388-1389. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690340010003

A review of the proceedings of the First National Conference on Trichinosis and a review of the program of the second conference indicate that the epidemiological aspects in the control of trichinosis have been, or will be, covered rather thoroughly. As an introduction to the control of trichinosis by sanitary garbage disposal, however, it might be well to review briefly the characteristics of Trichinella spiralis, which enable it to complete its life cycle when it is present in garbage.

First, the larvae are encapsulated and are imbedded in the muscle fibers of the animal during life and therefore are present in the slaughtered carcass. They may remain viable in fresh pork under normal conditions of storage. Second, there are no grossly visible indications of the presence of the parasites in the carcass, individual cuts of meat, or meat scraps, nor is there any practical method of determining their presence so

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